Sistema de Destilación Automático para el Vino (Automatic System Distillation for Wine Fruit)

Simón Díaz Quezada (, José Ricardo Pérez Correa (, Mario A. Fernández Fernández (

1Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
2Universidad de Talca

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: June 2015
Volume: 13,   Issue: 6 
ISSN: 1548-0992

This paper describes in detail an automatic laboratory scale (50 L) batch packed column distillation system, which has been assembled at the Department of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. The system includes real-time monitoring of temperatures (in different parts of the system), alcoholic strength, flow rates and heating power. In addition, this system allows manipulating the flow rate of the cooling water in the partial condenser and the heating power in the boiler. Data acquisition and control strategies were developed in LabVIEW® environment. The system allows developing and managing strategies to control several variables, such as distillate alcohol strength, specific temperatures and heating and cooling rates.

Index Terms:
Distillation, automatic control, packed column, data acquisition   

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